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The King's Speech gets rating change

By John Clyde  |  Posted Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 5:30pm


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SALT LAKE CITY - The King's Speech walked away with four Oscars Sunday night including the award for best original screenplay, but now some of those words that inspired so many are being altered.

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The film's distributor, the Weinstein Co., decided to re-cut the film to try and get a PG-13 rating instead of an R, which it currently has.

In the film Colin Firth plays King George VI who is working with speech coach Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, to overcome his stutter. At one point of the film Rush's character push's Firth's character to swear in order to overcome his stutter, which results in Firth spitting out at least 15 "F" words.

The new cut of the film has altered that scene in order to receive a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. It's a move that has some cheering and others scratching their head, namely the film's academy award winning lead, Colin Firth.

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"You know, it does distress me to hear that language bawled in the ears of my kids," said Firth to the Hollywood Reporter. "So I don't take that stuff lightly. But the context of this film could not be more edifying, more appropriate," he said. "It's about a man trying to free himself through the use of forbidden words ... So I think the film should stand as it is."

The film has already made over $115 million, but the rating change and re-release could boost those numbers by possibly another $100 million.

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